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Saturday / December 9.
  • NEWARK, N.J. — Syracuse will likely have a new starting point guard when it heads to a new league next year.

    Sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams is widely considered to be a lottery pick in a weak NBA Draft this year, which would pave the way for St. Benedict’s Prep senior guard Tyler Ennis to take over the starting job next season when the Orange leave the Big East for the ACC.

    “You know, of course [the NBA] has been my dream since I was a kid, but like I said before I’m just trying to focus on this season,” Carter-Williams said after going for 14 points on 3-of-10 shooting, 9 rebounds and 3 assists as No. 6 Syracuse held off Seton Hall, 76-65, Saturday at the Prudential Center.

    NEWARK, N.J. — Despite his mixed feelings about leaving the Big East Conference for the ACC next season, Jim Boeheim figures it may not be the worst thing in the world.

    “Maybe be good I’m not [coming back],” Boeheim told SNY.tv exclusively of Syracuse’s exit from the league following the No. 6 Orange’s 76-65 victory over Seton Hall Saturday at the Prudential Center. “Maybe be a good thing I’m not.”

    Boeheim said the 18-team Big East figures to be loaded in 2013-14 even without Syracuse and Pittsburgh, which are headed to the ACC.

    Shaqquan Aaron, a 6-foot-8 junior small forward from Seattle Rainier Beach, committed to Louisville Saturday night.

    Aaron chose the Cardinals over Arizona, UCLA and Washington.

    “Louisville is the perfect fit for me,” the California native told Jody Demling, according to Demling’s Twitter. “It’s really the perfect style and coach P [Rick Pitino], what more can you say.

    “They have been on top of my list for a while now. I just wanted to take my official and see what it was like. I loved it.”


    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Up until now, the highlight of James “Flight” White’s basketball career may have been the dunk contest he won in Russia in 2010 in which he beat Gerald Green.

    “Probably the one with Gerald Green was the [most] fun,” White, who played for Bob Huggins at Cincinnati, said earlier this week at Knicks practice. “I had a couple friends that were in it. The more competitive it is, the more fun it is. It’s not fun when nobody else is doing anything. ”

    White, a 30-year Knick reserve, will appear on his biggest stage yet Saturday night when he competes in the Slam Dunk Contest over All-Star weekend in Houston.

    In June 2014, Andrew Wiggins could well make history by becoming the first Canadian ever chosen No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft.

    Future NBA Commissioner Adam Silver would make that historic announcement in his first year on the job.

    The 6-foot-8 Wiggins is a newly minted McDonald’s All-American from Thornhill, Ontario who is considering Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina. After one year at one of those schools, he is projected by DraftExpress.com — and just about everyone else — as the No. 1 pick in that draft.

    “I don’t see how anybody [else] is in the conversation right now,” one NBA Director of Scouting recently told SNY.tv.


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